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Kalinga Commander NameEdit

Changed the name of the leader of the Kalinga army from "Kalinga" to "Unknwon." Facts Legend names Raja Anantha Padmanabhan as their leader, but Facts Legend seems like somewhat of a dubious source. Other sites do not list a name at all. It appears that Ashoka didn't bother to record the name of the king he conquered, or their simply wasn't one. In any case, I think it's most respectful, not to mention less misleading, to list the leader as "Unknown" Jenfain (talk) 11:38, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

WP:INDIA Banner/Orissa AdditionEdit

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600,000 infantry ???? are you serious ? were they logistically capable to concentrate 600,000 men ? after u dont just gather men for fighting u have to feed them as well ! and sustaining 600,000 standing army is seriously a blind trust on primary sources, that were famous for exaggerations. so is there any one to take notice of it ? or u guys happy with fantacy size of kalinga troops !

keep in mind that before 13th century A.D concentrating troops more then 150,000 was logistically impossible, although any nation could posses a lot more "fighting people" but to concentrate them and organize them as an army was a totally different task. الله أكبرMohammad Adil 08:35, 4 September 2009 (UTC)

You seem to be disregarding the fact that Kalinga was fighting in its own territory.Also, it is very likely that these were militia rather than well trained soldiers.Also, check Battle of Changping

BTW, what happened in 13th century A.D?

Vinay84 (talk) 10:07, 7 September 2009 (UTC)

The population of the sub continent during the Mauryan empire phase was 180 million with approx 50-60 million in the empire itself in the second century BCE roughly the same population as the Roman Empire which did have legionary forces approaching 645,000 at one point but they did not field them all in one war see this analysis Military Manpower, Armies and Warfare in South Asia by Kaushik Roy, Routledge, Oct 6, 2015.--Navops47 (talk) 14:46, 26 February 2016 (UTC)


one of the most just ruler (sic) that India etc... The Contributor of this paragraph is so enamored with the subject that it's wholly unacceptable to be left as it stands. This section of the article needs a serious rewrite with attention to report facts rather than the perceptions of a biased writer. If this is to be a credible source for the preservation of knowledge rather than a cesspool ruled by libel and editorializing then articles such as this can not be deemed acceptable for public consumption. I recommend a complete rewrite to be undertaken by someone with more knowledge on the subject than I posses, and who shares my passion for the accurate dissemination of information. User: Anonymous) —Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 21:13, 14 October 2010 (UTC)

I'm editing a bit, but without a citation I think this should be struck. Ethan Mitchell (talk) 23:10, 16 October 2011 (UTC)

Feudal RepublicEdit

it says feudal republic but then it says its led by a young king? is more of a doge like character or was it a kingdom? — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 14:26, 17 December 2012 (UTC)


The map nees to be modified to actually label Kalinga. (talk) 17:52, 30 January 2014 (UTC)


The Kalinga War was fought between the Maurya Empire with Ashoka and Raja Ananta Padmanabha. This phrase is left without mentioning Source for a long time. There is no historical evidence on the name of the king who fought with Ashoka. I propose this to be removed.--రవిచంద్ర (talk) 10:35, 16 May 2016 (UTC)

Neutrality disputedEdit

This article is highly skewed towards Kalinga. It contains glorifying and biased statements without any sources. The article need lots of editing. -- Pankaj Jain Capankajsmilyo (talk · contribs · count) 16:09, 16 August 2016 (UTC)

Unsubstantiated SuperlativeEdit

In the abstract it is said that "The Kalinga War, the only major war Ashoka fought after his accession to the throne, included one of the largest and bloodiest battles in history." There is no source given. I think it a very bold claim, that an ancient battle should have been on par with regards to "bloodiness" with modern battles, i.e. battles from WW2. Please either add a credible source, change the text to somewhat more relative, or delete it. Idna (talk) 09:36, 3 April 2017 (UTC)

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Quora as a sourceEdit

One of the sources given is this Quora question, whose answerers have credentials like "knows something about wars." One of the answers simply quotes this page. This shouldn't be acceptable -- it's kinda lazy fact-checking, really. Should the citation be removed? Or, since we are using the answer given by some dude on quora, should it remain and another source to verify the information be added? Jenfain (talk) 11:38, 8 July 2017 (UTC)

@Jenfain: You're right. It's not what, in Wikipedia parlance, is known as a reliable source and should be replaced. Please also read through this essay on what is generally considered a reliable source particularly for history articles.--Cpt.a.haddock (talk) (please ping when replying) 15:32, 8 July 2017 (UTC)
  Done Reidgreg (talk) 13:19, 11 July 2017 (UTC)
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